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  1. Beijing mayor jailed for graft is close to death

    Posted Dec 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The most senior official jailed in decades and a key figure in the Tiananmen crackdown, Chen Xitong, is in the final stages of colon cancer. The former Beijing mayor ... into Qincheng Prison, the mainland's most secretive jail where disgraced officials are held. It also provided details about the recent condition of Chen, 79, and confirmed rumours he was dying. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702409/beijing-mayor-jailed-graft-close-death
  2. Court upholds suspended death sentence of Beijing ex-vice-mayor

    Posted Jan 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Liu's downfall. The last high-ranking official to receive a sentence this severe was former Communist Party secretary Chen Xitong in 1995. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667799/court-upholds-suspended-death-sentence-beijing-ex-vice-mayor
  3. Zhao Ziyang alleges Li Peng 1989 scheming

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but for the scheming of die-hard conservatives such as Mr Li, Beijing mayor Chen Xitong and vice- premier Yao Yilin , and Deng's paranoia about losing power. The memoirs, based on about 30 hours of tape, ... of manipulation of information by die-hard conservative leaders such as Mr Li and Mr Chen, who played on Deng's fear of instability and disdain for student movements to their advantage. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/680320/zhao-ziyang-alleges-li-peng-1989-scheming
  4. Something Else

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Who started it? Melbourne-born Natalie Wood studied fashion design at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University and graduated with the top student award. After a year freelancing in Los Angeles, in the United States, she and a fellow RMIT graduate created a project called Sample which won the duo the new designer of the year award at the Melbourne ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696397/something-else
  5. Into the wild

    Posted Nov 24th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Alligator gars are just a part of the menagerie. Fuelled partly by internet chatter, interest in exotic pets is growing and a host of shops now supply Hongkongers with everything from Madagascar chameleons and Honduran milk snakes to burrowing cockroaches from Australia. But conservationists warn that the boom has environmental consequences. Jiminey Li Man-kit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699286/wild
  6. Fringe benefits

    Posted Nov 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Quentin Lee can still remember the conversation he had with a friend, actor Karin Anna Cheung, one night in 2006 in their favourite bar in Los Angeles. In a boozy haze, the pair shared stories about crazy dates they had heard of: quick sex in toilets, sado-masochistic games, the bore who became a stalker after a night of sex. 'I found those stories pretty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699072/fringe-benefits
  7. Afternoon groove

    Posted Oct 08th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen At 3pm, most restaurants are winding down after the lunchtime rush. But in a quiet corner of Sha Tin, the pace is just picking up at the Hsin Kuang restaurant - almost all the tables at the centre of the banquet hall are filled. Barely touched plates of dim sum and fruit attest, however, that the patrons' interest isn't in food. Instead, their attention ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694804/afternoon-groove
  8. Rita Hui

    Posted Oct 04th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Director Rita Hui Nga-shu's first feature film Dead Slowly, about a policeman who becomes obsessed with a female suspect in a food poisoning case, will be the only Hong Kong entrant for the New Currents award at the Pusan International Film Festival that begins on Thursday. Hui - who teaches video art at the City University of Hong Kong - first found fame when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694422/rita-hui
  9. Live wires

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Having released four studio albums, two mini-albums and a single, Taiwanese pop band F.I.R. see live performance as a way to show their fans their gratitude. The trio - guitarist Real Huang Han-chin, vocalist Faye Chan Wen-ting and composer-pianist Ian Chen Chien-ning - burst into stardom five years ago with their self-titled debut album, which has sold more than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696748/live-wires
  10. iCandy

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Summer is over and it's now time to focus on your autumn wardrobe. But don't pack your mini dress away just yet because this summer staple also appeared on the autumn runways. With some clever styling, it can easily be worn year-round. Take a look at Janice (below). To make her blue cotton tube dress more appropriate for autumn, she has worn a white tee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/693872/icandy

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